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  • TechEd Video Interview: Miguel Castro, MVP, discusses ASP.NET

    Video: TechEd Video Interview with Miguel Castro and Mehul Harry

    Check out this 10 minute TechEd video interview with Miguel Castro. Miguel is an ASP.NET MVP and the wizard behind the DXAirways real world application videos.

    At TechEd 2009, Miguel gave a talk called “ASP.NET: Under the covers” and I was lucky to grab him and talk about some current ASP.NET topics.

    In the video, we discuss:

    • Miguel’s motivation for learning ‘ASP.NET under the covers’
    • What’s changed from ASP.NET 2.0 to 4.0
    • Http handlers in ASP.NET pipeline
    • Miguel’s passion for http handlers
    • Real world use case of a http handlers
    • Microsoft’s Velocity Project for distributed caching

    [Keep an eye out for Amanda on the Segway around the 6:43 mark]

    You can follow Miguel on his geekswithblogs.net blog: ICaramba and also on twitter as @miguelcastro67. Thanks Miguel!

  • Video: How to use LINQ with ASP.NET GridView

    Video: LINQ and ASPxGridView

    Check out this in-depth LINQ integration with ASPxGridView video. This video updates an older LINQ video and is probably the best LINQ video evar!

    Because of your comments (and questions) in the blogs, forums and TV site, the video is now packed with technical goodness. It’s broken down in 3 major levels to address the needs of different developers:

    Video: LINQ and ASPxGridView

    The LINQ support with Server mode technology gives you superior performance gains for your projects. Btw, all products are included in DXperience.

    Click the image above and watch the ASPxGridView and LINQ integration video. This by no means is the last LINQ video … Will you help me improve it by adding your voice to the comments?

    DXperience? What's That?

    DXperience is the .NET developer's secret weapon. Get full access to a complete suite of professional components that let you instantly drop in new features, designer styles and fast performance for your applications. Try a fully-functional version of DXperience for free now: http://www.devexpress.com/Downloads/NET/

  • Sneak Peek: New ASP.NET Editors’ Features and Demo for 2009 volume 2!

    Image: ASPxEditors Demo Menu Check out this list of new controls and features for ASP.NET editor controls in the DXperience 2009 volume 2 release.

    First, the common ASP.NET editors like the textbox, combo box and others are finally get their due respect. Yes, these ASP.NET editors, or ASPxEditors, will have their very own demo section in the DXperience 2009 volume 2 release! Preview the editors online or send out direct links to management as you convince them about how much you need these features.

    We needed the new demo because the ASPxEditors packs so much functionality with new controls and exciting features:


    New ASP.NET ColorEdit Control!

    Image: New ASPxColorEdit Control

    This slick new control displays a set of colors so that you and your users can customize website pages.

    Here’s technical breakdown:

    • ASPxColorEdit has the Color property whose type is System.Color
    • Client-side methods available: GetColor / SetColor
    • ASPxColorEdit works with both color codes(#ff00ff, #D8D8D8) and standard colors (red, green, silver)! The standard colors are converted into color codes
    • ASPxColorEdit is a text editor with a dropdown window

    The power of suggestion! The ASPxColorEdit was implemented from your suggestions in the support center. Thanks and keep em coming.


    New ‘Drop-down Edit’ Control !?!

    Image: New ASPxDropDownEdit Control 

    Another new control in 2009 volume 2 is the ASPxDropDownEdit. The DevExpress ASP.NET team have created a new derived editor to support custom popup windows. These custom popup windows allow you to easily embed things like the ASPxGridView.

    DropDownEdit vs ComboBox

    The ASPxDropDownEdit is not a combo box control. Instead, it's really a textbox with a dropdown window template. Place just about anything into this window template. For example, by using the ASPxDropDownEdit, create an extended lookup control (with editing) using the ASPxGridView or implement a folder selection dropdown using the ASPxTreeList.


    Styles for NullText and Focused Event

    Image: New Features - NullTextStyle and FocusedStyle

    By adding the NullTextStyle and FocusedStyle properties, you’ll have more control of your ASPxEditors’ look and feel at runtime.


    Display Format for all ASP.NET Editors!

    Image: DisplayFormat for all ASPxEditors

    All the ASPxEditors now support the DisplayFormat property including the combo editors! Here’s the full control list: (ASPxTextBox, ASPxButtonEdit, ASPxMemo, ASPxSpinEdit, ASPxDateEdit, ASPxComboBox, ASPxDropDownEdit)


    Multiple-Selection List Box and Combo Box!

    Image: Multiple Selection ListBox Image: Multiple Selection ComboBox

    The ASPxListBox control will now provide three selection modes:

    • Single – Allows end user to select only one item
    • Multiple - End users can select several items at once by using the mouse and keyboard keys: Shift (to select a range of items) and Ctrl (to add an item to a current selection)
    • Check Column - provides multiple selection by using a specific checkbox column (end users don't need to use the Ctrl and Shift keys).

    Using the new ASPxDropDownEdit control and the multiple selection list box, you can easily create a dropdown(combo box style) check list box of your own.

    With all these sweet new controls and features, I’m very excited about the DXperience 2009 volume 2 release. Which of these controls and features are you most excited about?

    DXperience? What's That?

    DXperience is the .NET developer's secret weapon. Get full access to a complete suite of professional components that let you instantly drop in new features, designer styles and fast performance for your applications. Try a fully-functional version of DXperience for free now: http://www.devexpress.com/Downloads/NET/

  • Everyday's a school day - upcoming training classes on ASP.NET controls

    I'm hijacking Mehul's blog today and I hope he'll forgive me. The reason is that I have something to say about our ASP.NET products: they are going to be the first to be covered by a course in our new training program!

    I have been working on this first course for a while - you wouldn't believe the efforts that go into something like that, especially the first time round. Now we're finally (almost) there, and the title of our first course is this:

    Business Applications with DXperience ASP.NET

    We will shortly put more details online, syllabus, cost and all that. The gist of it is that this is a two-day training course which provides an overview of several of our ASP.NET products. Within those two days you will learn to use the products to create a web application with an external, public-facing part and an internal management part. As the title says, we'll view these topics from the perspective of a developer creating a business application, so it'll be about presenting data, allowing data input, analysis, reporting, ... and of course using all those "glue" elements that make a web site complete. This is training, so it's all about learning - seeing things demonstrated, sure, but also trying everything yourself and getting questions answered.

    We are currently planning the first two dates for this course, so I can't tell you those yet. The rough timeframe is "end of August 2009", and one of the classes is going to be in Las Vegas for people in the US, the second one in Amsterdam for those in Europe. I'm hoping to see lots of you there - meanwhile, if you have any feedback to give, leave it here please!

  • Sneak Peek: ASP.NET HTML Editor Table Support

    The ASPxHTMLEditor component lets you easily drop a high quality editor into any page. The next major DXperience release will add HTML Table support to the ASP.NET HTML Editor, the ASPxHTMLEditor.

    image 

    Featuring a toolbar icon to create, edit, and delete table items, the ASP.NET HTML Editor easily manage tables through the front-end.

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    If your users are more comfortable with HTML then there is also the HTML source view option.

    The ASPxHtmlEditor is part of the DXperience ASP.NET Subscription. You can start playing with the table support feature when the DXperience 2009 volume 2 released in a few weeks.

    DXperience? What's That?

    DXperience is the .NET developer's secret weapon. Get full access to a complete suite of professional components that let you instantly drop in new features, designer styles and fast performance for your applications. Try a fully-functional version of DXperience for free now: http://www.devexpress.com/Downloads/NET/

  • WinForms Rating Control: Now Shipping

    If you’ve been waiting around for a good WinForms Rating control, then you’re in luck with the current release of DevExpress WinForms Gauges. The XtraGauges Suite.

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    Featuring the ability to connect with several input controls like a radio group or a slider, the Rating control has sharp graphics and versatility.

    The image above shows the rating control in action. You can see this demo by:

    1. Opening the ‘DemoCenter’ application in the DevExpress folder and
    2. selecting the ‘New Presets’ option of the ‘XtraGauges Main Demo’
    3. [General folder location]: C:\Program Files\DevExpress 2009.1\Components\Demos\DXperience\Bin\

    Full source code for the rating control demo is also available in your local DevExpress folder (see item #3 for typical folder location). Available in the DXperience 2008 volume 3 release (and above) you can get your hands on the WinForms Rating control right away.

    StarStarThanks to the loyal readers who commented by asking about a WinForms Rating control on the recent ASP.NET Rating control announcement!

    DXperience? What's That?

    DXperience is the .NET developer's secret weapon. Get full access to a complete suite of professional components that let you instantly drop in new features, designer styles and fast performance for your applications. Try a fully-functional version of DXperience for free now: http://www.devexpress.com/Downloads/NET/

  • Sneak Peek: New ASP.NET Rating Control

    One of the reasons I’m excited about the upcoming 2009 Volume 2 release of DXperience is the new ASP.NET Rating control which allows your website visitors to rate content on your site, just like rating a movie on Netflix.com or Blockbuster.com:

    image image

    The ASPxRatingControl supports 3 precision display types:
    • Half
    • Full
    • Exact

    You’ll also love the fact the ASP.NET Rating control also comes packaged with all the gorgeous DevExpress themes. For example, here’s the Red Wine theme:

    image

    The ASPxRatingControl is not yet released but it will be part the DXperience ASP.NET Subscription. You’ll get to play with the new rating control when the DXperience 2009 volume 2 release is dropped in your client center account. (July 2009-ish timeframe).

    Don’t those stars just make you want to add this feature to your websites right now?

    Looking for a WinForms Rating control? Check out the Rating control available in the XtraGauges suite. Thanks to the loyal readers who commented and brought up this great question. Yes

    DXperience? What's That?

    DXperience is the .NET developer's secret weapon. Get full access to a complete suite of professional components that let you instantly drop in new features, designer styles and fast performance for your applications. Try a fully-functional version of DXperience for free now: http://www.devexpress.com/Downloads/NET/

  • TechEd 2009: Developer Showcase

    Check out these four DevExpress customers videos below. In the videos, the smart devs discuss their projects and why they use DevExpress tools. 

    TechEd Video: David Romig David Romig, CTO
    The Computer Solution Co.

    David's software helps catch the bad guys. TSCS's software runs in forensic laboratories across America.

    In the video, David discusses how his company leveraged the knowledge and experience building a smart client application and used it to create a web version.
       
    TechEd Video: Ian Vink Ian Vink, Software Architect

    For his day job, Ian has architected a WinForms application that uses the DevExpress CAB framework. And in this video, he discusses the DevExpress components as he begins to migrate the application to ASP.NET.

    Ian also manages Tufula.com which is a very complex app that runs both as a pure AJAX web app and a WinForms one. Both versions use DevExpress and:
    • Provide the same feature set
    • Push the limits of what DevExpress can do 
    • Sprout from the same core projects
       
    TechEd Video: David Nolf David Nolf, System Architect
    http://computerworkware.com/

    David is very familiar with the DevExpress products. So when his company started porting WinForms apps to ASP.NET, the vendor choice was easy.

    In the video, David talks about some reasons why he has stayed a loyal customer. Thanks David!
       
    TechEd Video: Massimo Galati
    *** This video has been removed by request.***

    Massimo Galati, Development Manager

    Massimo works for one of the largest movie theater chains in Canada.

    Massimo is not a DevExpress customer. But he is interested in ASP.NET tools for SharePoint. And in the video, he discusses why he's looking at
    DevExpress SharePoint tools and how he goes about choosing a 3rd party vendor.

    One of the best things about events like TechEd is the chance to meet and talk with smart developers. A special thanks goes out to y'all who dropped by the booth to watch one of my ASP.NET demos or even just to say hi.

    Click the images above and watch all four videos. What feature of your software have you improved that DevExpress should showcase?

  • Cloud Computing with Amazon Web Services: Presentation By Joe Kunk, MVP

    Video: Amazon Web Services with Joe Kunk and Mehul Harry Check out this great Amazon Web Services session that Joe Kunk was kind enough to share.

    After the Reporting Webinar, I got a chance to record this very cool session with Joe. Usually, Joe presents this talk at various developer events.

    In the 20 minute video, Joe discusses several aspects of cloud computing on Amazon Web Services. He covers items such as pricing, features, and even the competition like Microsoft's Azure.

    Click the image and watch the video. Then do me a favor and thank Joe by leaving a comment below.

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